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Entry Requirements

Six GCSEs at Grade 6 or above PLUS:

GCSE Art at Grade 7 or above 

Course overview

Photography is defined here as the practice of producing images using light-sensitive materials such as photographic film, or digital methods of development and production to create static or moving images. During the course you will gain the confidence and skills to explore a diverse range of themes, and to develop a questioning and analytical attitude.

There is a strong emphasis on the teaching of a range of technical skills as well as developing your own practice. You are encouraged to explore and experiment through a range of traditional and new photographic media (film based and digital applications). The Digital course is based around a digital SLR camera and Adobe Photoshop.

We provide a well-equipped and modern studio and small darkroom enabling you to enjoy an exciting and supportive atmosphere that values hard work and creativity.

Course content

  • Component 1 – Personal Investigation - Students must explore and create work associated with areas of study from one or more areas of photography listed below, focusing on the development of a personal theme. Practical work is supported by a 1000-3000 word essay.
  • Component 2 - Externally set assignment - practical work drawn from one or more areas of photography below, in response to a theme chosen from eight assigned by the examination board.
  1. Portraiture
  2. Location photography
  3. Studio photography
  4. Experimental imagery
  5. Installation
  6. Documentary photography
  7. Photo-journalism
  8. Moving image: film, video and animation
  9. Fashion photography.


An A level in Photography can lead to many career opportunities within the creative industry, one of the largest employment areas in the UK. Students can progress to study Art Foundation or enter straight onto a degree course in Photography or Film and Photography. Photographic skills can help with all many degree courses from Painting, Sculpture and Fashion to Furniture Design, Ceramics and Graphic Design.